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Contents EDITOR’S NOTE 6 Living on the Edge of the Undiscovered Future
COMMUNITY 10 Playa Vista Spring Fair @ Concert Park 13 “A West Side Story” @ Wallis Annenberg PetSpace 14 Runway Funday Spring Carnival @ Runway at Playa Vista 17 Surprise Pop-Up @ The Lawn ICYMI 18 Bike Sharing, Terrell Owens and Kin Community PEOPLE 20 Hal’s Bar & Grill reboots for the Playa Vista scene 36 Word on the Street: Tell Us About Your Dog
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N ews 26 YouTube launches on-demand streaming television HOME 28 Matthew Biancaniello uses his Crescent Park home as a cocktail laboratory HEALTH 39 Lagree Method instructor Mary Miller on a core-based workout 40 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon screens for melanoma while improving your style FOOD 44 ROC brings the magic of soup dumplings to Runway SHOPPING 52 Dive into virtual reality while wearing a stylish kyanite necklace VENTS E 54 Meet David Ulin and celebrate a Taste of Playa Vista
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hile putting this issue together, I had the opportunity to tour the new Hal’s Bar & Grill just before its soft open at Runway. Expecting just a newer and cleaner version of the one that existed in Venice for 30 years, I was surprised to discover how a restaurant known as the soul of Venice, famous for jazz music and walls of art, reinvented itself as a tech savvy, totally wired “creative campus” where you can eat a turkey burger while editing a film, mixing digital music or even broadcasting live via satellite. The truth is I shouldn’t be surprised. The world is changing fast, and everyone in Playa Vista understands that. A restaurant in Silicon Beach should have its own screening room with 10.2 Dolby surround sound system. We are that place — the very edge of the tech world, beyond which lies an undiscovered future. During the “A West Side Story” art show at Ignition Creative, I had the chance to speak with Jeff Ho — founder of the Zephyr Surf Team, which later evolved into the Z-Boys — about his passion for educating today’s youth about surf and skate culture. The legacy of the Z-Boys continues in skate parks all over the world. I also had a chance to get to know some fascinating local dogs and their dog parents. I met a proud service dog named Hunter and two ‘talking” dogs — one that can bark “hello” and another that can actually bray “I love you.” I even watched a golden retriever named Jack chill at Runway, drinking a Pupuccino. Again, I should know better than to be surprised by talking dogs with their own Starbucks orders. It is Playa Vista. One thing that doesn’t surprise me about Playa Vista’s residents and makers is their boundless curiosity, inexhaustible commitment and love for animals. I hope you enjoy this issue of Playa Vista Direct as much as I did. Shanee Edwards Managing Editor · email@example.com
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Playa Vista Spring Fair @ Concert Park Balloon aliens, a giant inflatable slide and free In-N-Out burgers made for an entertaining Saturday afternoon at Concert Park on March 4. As a deejay played Michael Jackson hits, local families took full advantage of sunny skies and a mild temperature of 67 degrees to decorate succulent plants, compete in a hula hoop contest and explore interactive exhibits created by the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Westchester resident Bromley Shiels saw the event as a chance to spend some quality family time outdoors. Her three-year-old son Hunter said his favorite part was the slide, and father Rob really enjoyed his cheeseburger. “It’s not just for children. The parents can be a part of it, too,” said Playa Vista resident Stephanie Dumlao, who brought her young son River. “I can get food and meet and connect with other parents.” — Shanee Edwards 10 Playa Vista Direct | April · May 2017
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“A West Side Story” @ Ignition Creative A tightly bonded gang of local artists reunited on March 11 at Ignition Creative for “A West Side Story” — not the famous musical about dueling Jets and Sharks, but a pop-up exhibit featuring images of locals jetting on skateboards and surfing with sharks. Venice photographer Jason Harrold shared a stunning photo of a bride by the Santa Monica Pier. “I was shooting my girlfriend at the beach and this woman walked by in a bridal gown. I literally took two photos — this is one of the two,” he explained. Mia Duncans, a lifelong resident of Venice and Mar Vista, said she also takes much of her inspiration from the area’s “mixed bag of treasures.” The fundraiser for arts programs at Alliance Morgan McKinzie High School also included work by Josh “Bagel” Klassman, Chuck Katz, Kelly Jackson, Bart Saric, Jens Lucking and the late Harry Drinkwater. — Shanee Edwards
1 Artful photos of L.A.’s Westside bring back fond memories. 2 Origami paper cranes ‘fly’ above guests and walls filled with photos. Zephyr Surf Team founder Jeff Ho reminisces about the days of the Z-Boys.
Artist Jason Wright organized and curated the pop-up fundraiser.
Floyd Reid, a pro skater for Santa Monica Airlines, hangs with Legends skateboarder Bruce Thomas.
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Runway Funday Spring Carnival @ Runway at Playa Vista Playa Vista is like a small town in the middle of a big city, so what better way to celebrate spring than an old-fashioned country fair? At the Runway Funday Spring Carnival on March 19, local kids competed in old-fashioned ring toss games in between rides on a Ferris wheel and a small yellow choo choo train that paraded up and down Runway Road. Brave tots climbed a mega-slide for a fun glide to the bottom, while others took turns at blowing giant bubbles, a face-painting area and hands-on art activities. A live music stage in front of Lyfe Kitchen featured budding young musicians from the School of Rock. “It’s a great way to spend a Sunday outside with our neighbors in our community,” said Sabrina Coleman, who brought her sons Marley, 5, and Noah, 3. — Shanee Edwards 14 Playa Vista Direct | April · May 2017
1 Parents take their wee ones for a spin on the Ferris wheel. 2 Kids from the School of Rock cover Steely Dan. Children create spin art in bright neon colors.
4 Clowns from a street theater troupe called Forest Furries play to the crowd. 5 Girls with face paint attempt to spin a dish on a pole.
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Surprise Pop-Up @ The Lawn The big sound of tiny frogs croaking as they tried to escape the hands of curious boys filled the air on the evening of March 25 at The Lawn, the pocket park across from Runway. The spontaneous block party featured a colorful light-up wall to encourage families onto the dance floor and upbeat tunes for inspiration to boogie down. “We wanted to bring this fun attraction here to encourage people to come out and see all of Playa Vista at night, because it’s so beautiful,” said Jackie Krutz, director of experiences for Playa Vista master developer Brookfield Residential. And events like these work. “We always keep an eye out for all the family-oriented activities. It’s a great opportunity for gathering and doing things we like,” said local dad Manuel Lara. The Lara family calls this playground “Spider Park” because of the spider web-like rope jungle gym. — Shanee Edwards
1 Families enjoy playtime at The Lawn, one of the 27 pocket parks in Playa Vista. 2 Father and son examine frogs living in the pond. 3 A girl carefully navigates the rope jungle gym. 4 Boys look for wildlife in the pond. 5 A boy dances to pop tunes in front of a light-up wall.
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Missed It A bike-share program operated by Metro and Culver City could bring more than 600 “smart” bikes to rental stations in Playa Vista, Mar Vista, Culver City and Palms by 2018.
Brookfield Residential and brokerage partnership Hilton & Hyland unveiled Playa Vista’s most expensive homes yet: 14 three-story “Jewel” residences along Village Drive, each priced in the upper $3 million range.
The Beach Shuttle from Playa Vista to Fisherman’s Village, Mother’s Beach and the Venice Pier now runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Grassroots Coalition and California Coastal Commission prevailed in a lawsuit against Playa Capital LLC and the state Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to stop them from draining freshwater from the Ballona Wetlands.
To promote food delivery app DoorDash’s partnership with Jack in the Box, former NFL star Terrell Owens personally delivered Jumbo Jacks to the Yahoo campus in Playa Vista on April 4.
Digital media startup Kin Community, which produces shows that help young women design and furnish their living spaces, moved into a hangar just outside Playa Vista.
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Boots up at Runway An Abbot Kinney institution remakes itself in Playa Vista’s image with live music, a new menu and technological innovation Story By Shanee Edwards | Photos by shilah montiel
al’s Bar & Grill is a mainframe restaurant rebooting itself in a community that’s all about digital innovation. Following a 30-year run as the cultural and culinary heart of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Hal’s breaks new ground — both literally and figuratively — with its long-awaited Runway at Playa Vista location, which as of this writing was gearing up for its soft open on April 12. The new Hal’s looks to retain the warm hospitality, live jazz, carefully curated art displays and menu favorites that made the original great while incorporating new features that riff on Playa Vista’s culture of creativity. On a recent Friday morning, Hal’s managing partner Don Novack gives me a tour of the nearly completed 4,700-square-foot space. It doesn’t disappoint. While workers buzz around us as they hang art, unload kitchen equipment and make other finishing touches, Novack proudly points out each distinguishing feature. “The [massive] front window opens and shuts like a garage door, in case of inclement weather,” he says of the main dining area’s indoor-outdoor flexibility, fully aware that it’s sunny here all the time. Deeper inside, booths are upholstered in slightly distressed blue leather, and hand-finished concrete tabletops with copper details give the space a contemporary, urban vibe. Petrified-wood
floorboards appear to pixelate against concrete as they converge around the central bar, an effect designed “to make the computer guys feel at home,” says Novack. An iron and wire spiral art installation, resembling a DNA double helix, hangs above the concrete bar, which will soon be polished to match the tables. But instead of chromosomes, it holds wine glasses. “We want to have a comfortable place for creative people to come and relax,” he says, adding that the lighting can be adjusted through an iPad app at a moment’s notice. That’s especially important for a coffee and cocktail nook, a more intimate space behind the main dining room. Now serving breakfast and lunch, Hal’s will expand to dinner and drink service once its liquor license paperwork closes. Art on the walls includes carefully selected pieces from leading Westside painters Ed Moses, Laddie John Dill, Judy Stabile and Paul Michael Glaser. More will soon follow. But the real driver of the space — and something that would not have been possible in the old Hal’s or its current reiteration in the former Primitivo space a few doors down — is its state-of-theart screening room. As a large, flat screen descends from the ceiling, Novack, ever attune to the music of life, extolls the virtues of its theater-quality, multi-channel sound system.
A unique art installation above the bar also holds wine glasses.
“The 10.2 Dolby surround sound is like being on a rocket ship,” he says. “It’s the exact same screen that’s in the International Space Station.” The screening room not only facilitates independent film screenings, it’s also wired to broadcast live via satellite and is intended to double as a filming location. Clearly, Novack and his partners — wife Linda Novack and restaurant namesake Hal Frederick — aren’t fooling around. “We want to engage the community of indie filmmakers, game designers, techies and artists of all kinds. We want this place to feel like a creative campus,” says Novack. (Continued on page 22) Playa Vista Direct | April · May 2017 21
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With space nearby serving as a pop-up gallery — the Venice Art Crawl christens it with an art show on April 20 — and plans to host a film festival and a live jazz series, it seems like Hal’s 2.0 will accomplish that mission. Frederick says he’s amazed by the new location and sees it as a creative rebirth. “We are branching out into a community that’s brand new, that’s building itself from an embryo,” he observes. “There’s new technology and a new way of looking at the world.” The newness is exciting, but Playa Vista is very different than Venice. It’s younger, it’s having lots of babies and it’s more uniformly affluent. Can a restaurant that built its reputation on old-school class really become a creative campus for a community populated by millennials? Chef Manuel Mares, who’s been in charge of the kitchen at Hal’s for three decades, says yes.
“We are adding vegan, gluten-free options and will be using really clean ingredients and grass-fed beef. That’s our approach for this area. We’ll also be making changes seasonally so that there’s always something different,” says Mares. Before you start panicking about the fate of old Abbot Kinney favorites like the turkey burger or Caesar salad, relax: Mares is keeping all their best sellers on the expanded menu. While success is never a guarantee, Novack has reason to feel confident. “We were groundbreaking on Abbot Kinney [in the 1980s]. People said, ‘Are you nuts? You’re going to put a whitetablecloth restaurant on Abbot Kinney, with guns going off in the background?’ We said we’re trying something out. Now, I think we’re part of the reason Abbot Kinney has gotten to where it is,” he says. Now located below luxury apartments in a planned community that’s still filling itself out, the new Hal’s is like a flashback
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and flash-forward at the same moment. Frederick likens the feeling to jazz. “Jazz is nostalgia, but at the same time it refreshes and renews itself,” he said. “It’s a bounce back and a bounce forward.” Hal’s Bar & Grill is at 12751 Millennium Drive, Ste. 140, in Runway at Playa Vista. Call (424) 228-4641 or visit halsbarandgrill.com.
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ow that they’re all moved in, the owners 1 of Hal’s Bar & Grill are inviting some old friends from Venice to check out the new neighborhood. On April 20, the Venice Art Crawl will transform the Runway at Playa Vista restaurant’s nearby 3,800-squarefoot event space in into a pop-up art and photography show. Musicians are the muses for “Music Connects Us,” a fundraiser to celebrate the organizations’ seventh anniversary. The exhibit includes portraits and paintings of Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Noel Gallagher, Run-D.M.C., Debbie Harry, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, David Bowie and others — including a wild-eyed Mark Mothersbaugh back in his 4 DEVO days. Also expect to see works by rock ’n’ roll photographer Guy Webster (who shot The Doors’ debut album cover), early Beastie Boys chronicler Sunny Bak, Venice muralist Jules Muck and bicoastal graffiti artist Bisco Smith. L.A. street artist Plastic Jesus, best known for putting up a life-sized Kanye West statue on Hollywood Boulevard, is bringing a new installation as well. The show is curated by Neely Shearer, the conceptualist behind the Abbot Kinney Boulevard-adjacent boutique “In Heroes We Trust” . She’s tying the event together with a light show, live music performances and 6 various deejays — including Arabian Prince, an original member of famed Compton rap group N.W.A — spinning a sonic backF eatur ed A rt i sts drop for the art. 1 3 & Annie Terrazo Tickets for the fundraiser are $40, with 2 SPAIK VIP passes that include a special dinner at Hal’s available for $200. 4 Le Fou “Music Connects Us” happens from 6 to 5 Made of Hagop 9 p.m. Thursday, April 20, near Hal’s 6 Kasey McMahon Bar & Grill in Runway at Playa Vista. 7 Visit veniceartcrawl.com for tickets. Michele C 24 Playa Vista Direct | April · May 2017
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YouTube launches its on-demand streaming television service in Playa Vista By Christina Campodonico
ouTube sent ripples through the media industry back in February with the announcement of YouTube TV, a live and on-demand streaming television subscription service designed to compete directly with cable. Company officials chose to break the news at YouTube Space L.A. in Playa Vista’s Hercules Campus. “This Playa Vista space is the perfect setting to reveal it,” said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, citing the facility’s mission to make video production resources more accessible to YouTube creators. “We built this space because we believe in removing barriers to storytelling, and with YouTube TV we’re doing just that for a younger generation.” YouTube TV began servicing a limited number of major markets on April 5, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area and, of course, Playa Vista’s parent municipality — Los Angeles.
Aiming to appeal to cord-cutting millennials and others who want to watch TV when, where and how they choose, YouTube TV offers more than 40 television networks on demand through phones, computers, tablets and Google Chromecast-enabled TVs. Subscribers get up to six accounts per household for $35 per month. Service includes the four major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) and a number of cable, sports and news channels, such as USA, FX, ESPN, Fox Sports Network, Disney Channel and MSNBC. AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, Telemundo and BBC World News are expected to come on board soon, according to a company statement, while users can add on Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus, Sundance Now or Shudder for additional charges. Through YouTube TV’s app, subscribers can record programs or watch
live TV from any of YouTube TV’s partners, “cast” programs from a mobile device to a Chromecast-enabled TV screen, search for new shows, and access YouTube Red’s original programing as well as YouTube’s vast catalogue of online videos. Other features include unlimited DVR storage in the cloud (which will store your recordings for up to nine months) and personalized programming recommendations. At February’s press conference, Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan expressed excitement about YouTube TV’s entry into the video on-demand ecosystem. “We really do believe this is the future of media consumption,” he said. “That’s the journey I think we’re starting on today. Our long-term vision is to really reimagine how TV is watched.” Now that consumers can try out YouTube TV for themselves, the company is offering free one-month trials at tv.youtube.com.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki shakes up the television paradigm with her announcement of YouTube TV at the YouTube Space L.A. in Playa Vista. Photo by Maria Martin
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A LIQUID CHEF Cocktail artist Matthew Biancaniello concocts unique recipes from foraged and farm-fresh ingredients in his Playa Vista home Story By Andrew Dubbins Photos by Maria Martin
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Matthew Biancaniello carefully mixes his favorite drink, a Roquette, on his patio-turned-bar.
Biancaniello’s Crescent Park rental is decorated with eclectic artifacts from his worldwide adventures. Gorgeous sunshine streams through one of the apartment’s many large windows, giving Bianciello’s rescue dog Mayzie (named after a Dr. Suess character), a soft glow.
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ike Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello’s Playa Vista home is filled with all manner of brightly colored juices — blood orange, sweet potato, celery root — and exotic ingredients like Tahitian vanilla beans and dried St. Lucian sea moss. His twin three-year old boys tastetest his nonalcoholic beverages, which he often freezes into popsicles for them. “I like seeing what they like and what they don’t,” he says. “The biggest way to stay creative is to always feel like you’re a beginner again. Like you’re tasting something for the first time.” Known for his adventurous cocktails utilizing organic farm-fresh ingredients, Biancaniello is working overtime this spring, contributing his unique skill set to L.A.’s tech community. He’s leading a
series of corporate events for Snapchat and hosting multi-day classes for the public through Airbnb’s experiences portal, which allows knowledgeable locals to design themed group classes. To find the freshest local ingredients, Biancaniello visits as many as three farmers markets each week and forages for local aromatics in the Santa Monica Mountains. He used to operate his own bee colony, until somebody sprayed it with pesticides. At the Cooks Garden on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, he keeps a patch of Cuban oregano and a 75foot passionfruit vine. Lately, he’s been visiting farms that supply local farmers markets in order to purchase directly from the source. “I really like to explore,” says Biancaniello, former head bartender for the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Library
Bar. “Right now I’m playing around with celery root. I like taking things that are ordinary and seeing what I can do with them.” The busy bartender’s first TV series, “Good Spirits,” debuted on A&E in February. In it, he traveled to 10 countries on a Carnival cruise liner to collect native ingredients for his cocktails. Biancaniello says the show expanded his palate and reignited his creativity, but it could also be a logistical nightmare. “Try getting $800 worth of Tahitian vanilla beans past the TSA,” he says with a laugh. A self-taught bartender, Biancaniello was working in landscaping when the Roosevelt hired him in 2008. He was given the freedom to work without a menu and used his own money to (Continued on page 30)
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purchase organic ingredients from local farms. He quickly gained acclaim for his unique organic infused cocktails, including a 25-year aged balsamic vinegar and strawberry cocktail called the Last Tango in Modena, an Heirloom Tomato Mojito, and a fresh arugula Roquette that’s still his personal favorite. “It’s really about finding the highestquality ingredients you can,” he says. “They might be very, very simple, but they taste so damn good.” After leaving the Roosevelt in 2012, Biancaniello began hosting small private pop-up events across the city, serving liquor-infused foods such as alcoholic oysters and Surinam cherry cocktails. These innovations culminated in his first book, “Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails,” published last spring. This month, Biancaniello has two new drinks in in the works. The first is shitake mushroom bourbon with bergamot mezcal, Meyer lemon and hummingbird sage picked fresh from the
The Roquette is a wild arugula gin gimlet with guava-infused St. Germain foam.
Santa Monica Mountains. The second is tequila infused with that dry St. Lucian sea moss and mixed with curry leaves, cucumber and Santa Barbara pistachio milk. His creative process has no specific set of rules. “I don’t think about making a cocktail,” he says. “I think about creating things on their own. I’ve been pickling a
bitter almond liquid for six months and have no idea what I’m going to do with it. But at least I’m making that. And one day it’ll hit me how I should use it.” Find out more about Biancaniello, including how to hire him, at matthewbiancaniello.com. Sign up for his threeday Liquid Chef Experience at airbnb.com/experiences/97.
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Sylvia Abdelmalak says her pooch Luna is a playful and energetic husky-mix. Though only a year and three months old, Luna has a special skill: “She knows how to speak on command. We taught her how to say ‘I love you.’”
Adopted from a shelter, 5-year old Gavel got his name because Damian Mazzo’s fiancé is a lawyer. “She wants to name the next one Judge,” says Mazzo, who adds that Gavel likes to snuggle and swim in the ocean.
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Lily is an 11-year-old Chihuahua who earned the nickname “Scraps” because “she eats everything and stays so skinny,” says dog mom Dawn Saenz. “She likes to chase seagulls at the beach — she’s fearless. She’s exactly what I wanted.”
Coco, a miniature dachshund, can do a number of tricks. “She can spin, she can roll, high-five, shake hands. That’s what my girlfriend’s taught her because I’m traveling half the time for work,” says dog dad Andy Chu.
Chelsea, a pit bull, is loyal and protective, says dog mom Amanda Aguirre. She’s also a canine parvovirus (parvo) survivor. “Most of the time dogs end up passing from it, but she survived and now she loves to play,” Aguirre says.
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fter graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Mary Miller met Lisa Hirsch — now owner and CEO of The Studio (MDR) — in a fitness class. “At 7 a.m. Friday mornings, we’d always be on the machines next to each other. We became friendly, and little did I know that she was in the process of opening her own studio,” Miller recalls. In 2011, Miller became a certified instructor of the Lagree Fitness Method (don’t call it Pilates!) at The Studio (MDR) and has never looked back. After trying every type of workout, says Miller, “I loved how I felt afterwards. This one lengthens and strengthens, and is core-based, which will help you do anything you like to do.” Miller also says that while it’s a highly intense workout that will make you sweat, “It’s slow and controlled, so you’ll never put extra pressure on your joints. It’s really leaned me out and has given me amazing posture.”
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This Haircut Can
Save Your Life 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon screens for melanoma while they groom Story By Andy Vasoyan | Photos by Emily Hart Roth
ost people would say they know themselves pretty well, but how well can anyone really know the back of their head? For a spot shown to the world on a daily basis, you could probably count on one hand the number of people who have taken a closer look. A parent, a significant other, maybe your doctor, but the one who has probably seen it even more times than you: your hairstylist. “Most people don’t really know what’s going on back there,” says hairstylist Maren Lund, “but I do.” Lund has been doing hair for more than 25 years, and the Culver City native is now the salon director at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Playa Vista. The shop is an upscale establishment, with hot stone neck rubs, facial hair finishing touches, scalp massages, and a new service that takes advantage of the hairstylist’s unique perspective: complementary skin cancer checks. More than 87,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. They say rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years, and two of the increased risk factors include: 1) increased UV light exposure, which sunlight is the main source of, and 2) being male. Of those new melanoma diagnoses this year, about 52,000 are expected to be in men. For a men’s salon on the sunny Westside, expanding services to include screening for cancer during haircuts “just 40 Playa Vista Direct | April · May 2017
Lund looks behind writer Andy Vasoyan’s ear for any signs of trouble. The salon prominently displays its Eyes on Cancer training certification in the reception area.
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goes hand in glove,” according to 18|8’s owner, Lee Short. “It costs clients nothing — literally — and they get to know that’s something we’re looking out for.” Short has captained the salon since March 2016, and he’s heard nothing but good things about the screening process, which went into effect after a certification course though the nonprofit Eyes on Cancer. “We got [the stylists] certified a few months back,” he says, “and if there’s turnover we’ll get them certified too.” Short’s wife is a nursing professor at Santa Monica College, and she teaches on the topic (and also screens her husband), making skin cancer detection
a more personal issue for him. Lund has also known people who had encountered melanoma, and since her certification she feels confident offering advice in the screening process, which is thorough but not obtrusive: “We check not just your head, but we also look behind your ears, on your neck, and your shoulders,” Lund says, “and because I’m already sifting through your hair, or trimming behind your ears, it just sort of happens naturally.” According to Lund, broaching the topic of a potentially worrisome skin situation happens naturally, too. (Continued on page 42)
Hairstylist Maren Lund demonstrates a routine melanoma screening by examining the back of 18|8 owner Lee Shortâ€™s head.
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“People talk about all sorts of things with their hairstylist, and it gives us a certain relationship. We have a rapport, and you definitely don’t just say ‘Hey, check out this mole!’” Lund jokes. “It’s more sensitive than that.” What definitely is a learned skill is familiarity with things to look for in a skin abnormality that marks it as one of potential concern. “It’s an easy acronym,” according to Lund: A-B-CD-E. That’s “Asymmetry” between the mole’s two halves ; “Border,” irregular or poorly defined; “Color,” varying from one area to another; “Diameter,” melanomas are usually bigger than the size of a pencil eraser; “and E, for Evolving. If you’re a recurring client, I can see if it evolves into new shapes and forms,” she says. Lund is careful to mention that she’s not a doctor; ultimately she’ll be referring clients to see one if she notices something. “I’ve found two so far — two moles, and both the clients saw specialists and got them removed,” Lund says. “Thankfully, both were benign, and the clients came back and thanked me for pointing them out.” 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon is at 12775 W. Millennium Drive, Ste. 155, in Runway at Playa Vista. Call (310) 596-8018 or visit eighteeneight.com/playa-vista-ca.
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F ood ROC’s steamed soup dumplings should be eaten with an infusion of vinegar and ginger.
Other menu favorites include three-cup chicken, scallion pancakes, the beef roll, string beans sautéed with garlic, and chicken with rice,
lot of people ask, ‘Are you going to get a sign?’” says James Kim, owner of ROC, a new Chinese restaurant in Runway at Playa Vista. It’s unusual for a restaurant to forgo signage. But, according to Kim, this wasn’t a deliberate decision. His first location, which opened in 2012 on Sawtelle Boulevard, doesn’t have a sign either. While the name ROC (pronounced R-O-C) doesn’t stand for anything in particular, Kim’s culinary concept is clear: He wants to serve all types of his favorite Chinese food under one roof. “With Chinese food, you typically have to go to different restaurants to get certain dishes, like soup dumplings or scallion pancakes,” he says. “I wanted to bring everything I liked into one restaurant.” Which means you can order soup dumplings, a scallion pancake, crab fried rice and a beef roll — all in one place.
Kim is a first-generation KoreanAmerican, but he loves Chinese food. He grew up in the restaurant business in New York, where his father distributed restaurant equipment, and during college he worked as a cook. Even in elementary school, Kim was busy making cupcakes and selling them for 75 cents a pop. Since he only had to lay out money for the box of Pillsbury cake mix, his earnings added up to nice pocket change for video games and candy. As early as the late 1990s, Kim and his wife, who is Chinese-American, started throwing around the idea of opening a restaurant. It was around this same time that Kim had his first experience with soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai, a small chain in New York. “Their dumplings taste good, but they’re heavy and not refined,” says Kim. “Then my wife introduced me to Din Tai Fung out here.” When Kim and his wife moved from New York to L.A., they often found
themselves driving an hour or so to the San Gabriel Valley to find the perfect pan-fried dumplings, scallion pancakes or dandan noodles. They began to realize there was a lack of good-quality Chinese restaurants that served all of those great dishes under one roof, and the concept for ROC was born. From there, it was only a matter of time before Kim would open his own Chinese restaurant. Sawtelle seemed like the perfect fit. “With the diverse mix of Asian restaurants, I had a feeling Sawtelle would be a good starting point,” he says. “We didn’t know what the response would be, since there were no soup dumplings on the West Side, but it was an instant hit.” Word spread quickly and crowds started pouring in, including many entertainment studio executives and actors. ROC acquired more space next door and doubled in size just after one year. (Continued on page 46) Playa Vista Direct | April · May 2017 45
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How to Eat a Soup Dumpling 1
Hold your soup spoon and put a dumpling in it. (The soup is hot, so be careful!)
Bite the top off of the dumpling.
Pour vinegar inside, and top off with ginger. Add just a little vinegar to start, then adjust the amount according to your taste preference. (PRO TIP: Before adding the ginger, try marinating it in the vinegar.)
Sip your soup, and then take a bite. (Continued on page 48 )
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Next came ROC Beverly Grove on West Third Street, near the Beverly Center. ROC Playa Vista is Kim’s third restaurant, but he’s had an eye on this neighborhood for quite some time. Kim’s other passion is filmmaking, and he saw the neighborhood’s potential while shooting a scene for one of his short films here years ago. So when Santa Monica-based chain Veggie Grill decided to pull its plans to open in a location Runway, he jumped at his chance to take over that space. Unlike his overlooking a sign for ROC, Kim is very deliberate about most of his decisions. He rarely does interviews. He chose to have an open kitchen because it “makes the food taste 100% better,” he says. And he never wanted to run a chef-driven restaurant. Instead, Kim prefers to “cut out the ego or one person taking credit,” he explains. “I know you can’t do it without a team.” A man on a soup dumpling mission,
ROC’s popular beef roll is seasoned with cucumbers, green onions and cilantro.
Kim plans to open even more locations. There are also new dishes — like fresh noodles — and new design features in the pipeline for ROC Playa Vista. “Here we get everyone from kids to grandparents who like our food,” Kim says. “You just have to be happy with
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EVENTS Saturday, April 15
History of Hughes Aircraft
Now with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, former Hughes Aircraft Company President Ken Richardson discusses his book “Hughes After Howard” and the company that once occupied what is now Playa Vista. Richardson’s discussion, from 1 to 3 p.m., comes in conjunction with a display featuring newspaper articles, memorabilia and stories from Hughes Aircraft retirees on display until mid-June at the Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista. Free. lapl.org Wednesday, April 19
Silicon Beach Networking Mixer Knw Media hosts a mixer for women entrepreneurs and startup professionals from leading area tech companies. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wurstküche, 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $27. Participants get a beer discount. facebook.com/ knwmedia
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This Clase Azul tequila tasting with additional drink ticket, live entertainment and a prize drawing benefits the health education nonprofit Keep A Breast Foundation. 6 to 10 p.m. Sol Cocina, 12775 Millennium Dr., Ste. 160, Playa Vista. $45. (424) 227-0032
David Ulin at Otis Longtime Los Angeles Times book critic and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow David Ulin discusses his recent novel “Ear to the Ground,” about a man who can predict earthquakes getting embroiled in Hollywood schemes. 7:30 p.m. The Forum at Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. otis.edu April 22
Speaker Series: Emergency Preparedness Cari Butler of Emergency Cafe will teach residents how to prepare for emergencies by developing a plan of action and having the right tools and materials in place. 7 to 8 p.m. CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista. Free, but RSVP at playalink.com
and new media, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 19 and an awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 27. LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, 7900 Loyola Blvd., Westchester. (310) 338-2880; cfa.lmu.edu/ labandgallery April 21 to April 28
Silicon Beach Film Festival The festival returns to HHLA (formerly the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center), where independent movies will screen from 11 a.m. to midnight daily from April 22 to April 28. The event kicks off with a filmmaker meetand-greet from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, inside a pop-up space in Runway at Playa Vista. siliconbeachff.com Saturday, April 22
Raising Financially Savvy Kids Certified financial planner Andrew Rayner will teach ways to help your children earn, save, spend and give responsibly. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Resort, 12962 Runway Road, Playa Vista. Free, but RSVP at playalink.com. (An additional session is scheduled for May 3 at SOL Cocina.)
Bergamot Station Spring Fling More than 25 galleries or other creative businesses throw a block party with live music, local vendors, artist talks, painting demonstrations, art auctions and even silent disco yoga. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free. bergamotstation.com
Surprise Pop-Up Show up for fun surprises that will also keep your hound happy and healthy. Noon to 2 p.m. Bluff Creek Fields Dog Park, Playa Vista. playavista.com Sunday, April 23
Runway Funday Car Show Vintage cars, go-karts, artisan vendors and live rockabilly music take over Town Center Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. runwayplayavista.com
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Loyola Marymount University’s annual juried art exhibit allows students to have their work evaluated by art world professionals. The show includes drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, graphic design
Hercules Campus workers can enjoy the sunshine while grabbing a bagel, coffee and juice at the Central Park Bandshell. Just don’t forget your
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“Generation Startup” Screening This in-the-trenches look at the frontlines of entrepreneurship in America chronicles the struggles and triumphs of six recent college grads who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. A discussion follows the film. 4 to 7 p.m. Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. smc.edu April 28
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Otis Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show Each year, this benefit black-tie gala features L.A.’s largest fashion runway show, with more than 70 professional models in 125-plus designs for women, men and juniors. Leaders in fashion and entertainment get a glimpse of the future of fashion design from Otis College fashion students who are inventing it. The event raises vital scholarship funding for students. 6:30 p.m. The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. $250 to $500. otis.edu
Friday, May 12
Taste of Playa Vista Enjoy tasty treats and sip wine while supporting Playa Vista Elementary School. There will be live music, a playful photo booth and a live/silent auction to add to the excitement. 7 to 10 p.m. CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista. $35. playalink.com
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The Future is Female: A Concert for Women in Film The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra performs original orchestral pieces written by 10 upand-coming female composers working in film in television. These women have worked as music editors, assistants and musicians on big Hollywood projects, but this event is to finally give them their own creative platform. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at
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Venice Design Series’ Playa Vista Party @ 72andSunny
Tour the historic building where the Spruce Goose was designed and peer into the original office of visionary aviator and film producer Howard Hughes at the Playa Vista offices of 72andSunny, the final destination for this year’s fundraising Venice Design Series. (Events start April 29 in Pacific Palisades.) Inside the building, you’ll be walking on the original UCLA Pauley Pavilion basketball court floorboards, which is why UCLA Hall of Famer Mike Warren (who won an Emmy for his role on “Hill Street Blues”) will be on hand to relive moments from some of the greatest college games in history. Veuve Cliquot, martinis, gourmet food and dancing under the stars round out the unique evening. 7 p.m. 12101 Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista. Tickets start at $500. RSVP required. venicedesignseries.org Wednesday, May 24
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Conversation with Bill Walton May 28
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Killer Rides Car Show Check out rows of classics, hot rods, exotics and motorcycles from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Killer Shrimp Restaurant and Bar, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 578-2293; killershrimp.com Want to see your event in Playa Vista Direct? Send information as early as possible to email@example.com.
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